31 Maret 2015
Hermes 450 UAV (photo : Miltech)
Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen officiated at a ceremony to mark the achievement of Full Operational Capability (FOC) status by the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF)'s Hermes 450 (H-450) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) at Murai Camp this afternoon.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Ng highlighted the significance of this milestone to the overall enhancement of the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)'s defence capabilities. He said, "The Hermes 450 is one of the most capable UAVs in its class and indeed, the world. Compared to the older UAVs, the Hermes 450 enhances our Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities with its extended endurance, advanced avionics and more capable sensors." Dr Ng also emphasised the importance of the role of UAVs in military operations today. He said, "UAVs have now become a critical asset to many military operations and have proven themselves to make a decisive difference to outcomes, whether it is in peacetime operations or battles."
RSAF Hermes 450 UAV (photo : Hirito)
Operated by 116 Squadron, the H-450 is the first advanced UAV to achieve FOC status in the SAF. After taking delivery of the H-450s in May 2007, the UAV pilots, air force engineers and maintenance crew have undergone intensive training to operate and maintain the aircraft, as well as integrate the aircraft to support the SAF's operations.
Also present at the ceremony were Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant-General Ng Chee Meng, Chief of Air Force Major-General Hoo Cher Mou and other senior officers from the SAF.
Factsheet - Hermes 450 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) acquired the Hermes 450 (H-450) UAV to complement the Searcher UAV and Heron 1 UAV. Utilising a Wankel Engine, the H-450 is a single engine system with advanced composite structure and optimised aerodynamics. Its long endurance and improved detection capability provides the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) with better situational awareness in the field.
The capabilities of the RSAF's H-450 include a 3-in-1 payload equipped with Electro-Optical, Forward Looking Infra-Red system and a Laser Designator. This enables the H-450 to augment our battlefield surveillance capabilities by conducting a wide array of missions such as Target Acquisition and Designation, Reconnaissance and Battle Damage Assessment. UAV pilots are able to focus on collecting and processing information because the H-450 is able to operate on autonomous flight mode. This enhances the timeliness of critical information dissemination.
The H-450 is operated from a Ground Control Station (GCS). Through the GCS, control signals are sent to, processed, and retrieved from the H-450. It is also equipped with a communication system that is able to transfer imagery real-time from the H-450. The H-450 operates using a two-man crew concept, each with the ability to fly the UAV and control the 3-in-1 sensor payload at the same time. This enables one UAV pilot to control the UAV and payload while the other focuses on collecting and processing information.